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2022/02/22

Our pride Su Dongpo - Special Exhibition for Antique Catalog of the Complete Collection of Su Shi Calligraphy (45 volumes)

Su Shi’s talent was rare and exortradinary in the literature and art of the Song Dynasty, leading the way with the greatest and most virtuous spirit of his time, with far-reaching influence that shines through the ages. In the history of Chinese calligraphy, Su Shi, the first of the Four Greatest Scholars of the Song Dynasty, is a highly representative calligrapher and one of the leading figures among literati calligraphers. 

Su Shi's calligraphy, which was influenced by Ouyang Xiu and Cai Xiang and inspired Huang Tingjian and Mi Fei, opened up a new style of calligraphy history with his own efforts, from theory to practice. Like his poetry, Su Shi's calligraphy exemplifies the elegance and beauty of classical Chinese civilization. After five years of uninterrupted work to turn a treasure hidden in the hands of institutions and private collectors at home and abroad into a public academic tool, a major cultural project, the Complete of Su Shi Calligraphy, was released with the collaboration between the Meishan Municipal People's Government and the Southwest University. The Forty-five-volume Complete Collection is the most comprehensive, up-to-date, and well-researched work of its kind ever published, and is a major new achievement on Su Shi's calligraphy in the new era since it contains all the calligraphic works of Su Shi both at home and abroad. 

The exhibition is based on the latest achievements made in the Complete of Su Shi Calligraphy, supported by the rich collection from the Institute of Chinese Calligraphy of Southwest University. It is divided into five sections, including Calligraphy Study History, Love for Mount Min and Mount Emei, Friendship with Scholars, Bosom Friends beyond Secular, and Legacy of the Calligraphy World. While comprehensively displaying Su Shi's calligraphic achievements and the evolution of his style, it also presents an interesting and emotionally sincere great man to many viewers and fans from the perspective of his daily life and friendships. This is a tribute to Su Shi on the occasion of the 985th anniversary of his birth! 


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"Family of Su Dongpo — Special Exhibition for Antique Catalog of the Complete Collection of Su Shi Calligraphy (45 volumes)" is organized by the Publicity Department of the CPC Meishan Municipal Committee, Meishan Culture, Radio, Television and Tourism Bureau, and hosted by Meishan Su Memorial Ancestral Hall Museum, the Institute of Chinese Calligraphy of Southwest University and Sichuan Yuping Mountain Tourism Development Co., Ltd., and supported by Southwest University Press. The exhibition focuses on more than 170 pieces of Su Shi's calligraphic works and ancient documents and combines the narrative of five units named Calligraphy Study History, Love for Min'e, Friendship of Scholars, Friendship from Beyond, and Legacy of the Calligraphy World, to comprehensively display Su Shi's artistic achievements in calligraphy. 

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The exhibition has four major highlights: the first is the cooperation between the university and the local community, and cooperative cultural construction. The Complete Collection of Su Shi Calligraphy is a major cultural project of Meishan Municipal People's Government and Southwest University, and a major achievement in the cultural construction of the Chengdu-Chongqing economic circle. The exhibition this time is not only a concentrated display of several years of collection, collation, and research results by the compilation team of The Complete Collection of Su Shi Calligraphy, but is also an important showcase for academic exchange and cultural co-creation in the Chengdu-Chongqing region, which is complemented by the rich collections of the Institute of Chinese Calligraphy of Southwest University and Ancestral Temple of the Three Sus Museum in Meishan. Secondly, the subject is diverse and comprehensively presented. The exhibition is divided into five themes Calligraphy Study History, Love for Min'e, Friendship of Scholars, Friendship from Beyond, and Legacy of the Calligraphy World. On the one hand, it presents a comprehensive view of Su Shi's calligraphy, and on the other hand, it presents a lively and emotionally sincere great man in front of a wide audience in terms of Dongpo's hometown sentiments and friendships through calligraphy. Thirdly, there is a wonderfully diverse collection of objects. This exhibition exhibits 7 sets of precious rubbings in the collection of Meishan Ancestral Temple of the Three Sus Museum, including Su Dongpo's Diamond Sutra Rubbing in the Ming Dynasty, Sanxitang Rubbing in the Qing Dynasty, Su Shi's Poem Tablet for Worshiping Gods and Sending off at Luochi Temple in the Qing Dynasty. This is an important display of the precious rubbings in the collection of the Ancestral Temple of the Three Sus Museum in Meishan since its establishment. At the same time, the exhibition lent a total of 37 exhibits from the Institute of Chinese Calligraphy of Southwest University. Among them, Mr. Xu Wuwen revised the time for Su Shi's calligraphy works when he collated Xilousu Rubbing (Ke Luo edition), which provides an important reference to the compilation team. The rubbings of Biaozhong Temple Tablet and Hangwengong Temple Tablet are exquisite and Zongjiantang Tablet and Shangxue Hall Calligraphy are rare. It fully reflects the reverence for Su Shi by the members of the compilation team. Fourthly, it pays tribute to Su Shi and continues the tradition. This year marks the 985th anniversary of the birth of Su Shi. The tradition of the Su Shi Worship Ritual has been practiced since the Qing Dynasty. The exhibition is not only a tribute to Su Shi but also an opportunity to bring the culture of Dongpo to the public through the exhibition.

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